Less than two weeks ago, a disturbing video of a homophobic family beating their gay son went viral. Since then, the teen in the video, Daniel Pierce, has received nearly $100,000 in donations toward new living arrangements from empathetic supporters.
But since then, Pierce has updated the fundraising page and asked people to redirect their generosity. He’s working with Lost N’ Found Youth, an Atlanta homeless shelter for LGBT youth, and is asking people to donate to their work instead of to his personal cause. The shelter is currently fundraising for a huge project to open a new transitional housing facility.
"It’s important for all of you to know that right now, what I need most is time to think and work through the next steps in my life," wrote Pierce. "I have been working closely with Atlanta-based Lost-n-Found Youth to help figure out what’s next for me. Right now, I’m safe and definitely feel your love all around me. Thank you!"
Since Pierce began directing donations to the organization, which seeks safety and shelter for Atlanta’s LGBTQ youth, the organization has raised more than $21,000, its director tells The Advocate. Lost N’ Found Youth is the only nonprofit dedicated to getting LGBT youth off Atlanta’s streets, and is largely staffed and funded by volunteers. Donations can be made online here.
Talk about paying it forward. This human inspires me.
DC Comics announced that it will expand the LGBT diversity of its universe even further by introducing the first openly transgender character in a mainstream superhero comic.
Brad Thorson, a former college football player who briefly trained with the Arizona Cardinals, came out as gay in a personal blog post this weekend.
Thorson left football in 2011 for a career in business after first playing college football at both Wisconsin and Kansas, then signing with the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent. Though he never played in a regular season game with the Cardinals, he says that spending so much time in a hyper-masculine, often homophobic environment impeded his ability to be open about his identity.
Here’s some of what he wrote:
I’m also an athlete. For years, I struggled to unite these two identities in my own mind. Not until after my professional athletic career came to an end did I allow myself to understand my sexuality. Now, three years later, I’m finally ready to share that with people.
If not for the strength of athletes like Jason Collins, Michael Sam, and Brian Sims, I would likely still be struggling with my own cognitive dissonance. Each of their stories reinforced the truth that there is nothing wrong with being a competitive athlete and gay. Just as their stories helped me come to understand and accept myself, I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I hope to help someone else to understand his or her identity as a gay athlete.
Powerful stuff. Congrats, Brad!
The Presbyterian Church (USA) has voted to perform marriages for same-sex couples for the first time.
The church passed the vote with a majority of 371-238 at the church’s annual General Assembly and will allow clergy to officiate ceremonies at their own choice… Read more.
Yesterday, Sü came out as a trans woman. Today, she’s unemployed and sleeping on her ex’s couch. A transgender fantasy-comedy series.
Hey its a show about trans women played by a trans woman
As well as a Kickstarter fund to get this on television, with broadcasting in both Canada and possibly the United States! It’s also produced by a queer trans independent filmmaker, Amy Fox, and has only 52 days left to raise $50,000 CAD.
Those who can support through reblogs and/or donations, please go ahead! The link above is a clickthrough straight to the Kickstarter. Backers get cool prizes like copies of the screenplay, 8 x 11” prints of the lead actress Julie Vu from her photo shoots, download links the the ENTIRE first season, and more.